First mayoral candidate forum scheduled for February

Thursday, January 21, 2010 | 9:55 a.m. CST; updated 10:46 a.m. CST, Thursday, January 21, 2010

COLUMBIA — The first mayoral candidates forum is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3, at Paquin Tower.

The forum will be hosted by CARE@Paquin, a group that supports the accessible recreation program at Paquin Tower.

Candidates Paul Love, Robert McDavid, Sid Sullivan and Jerry Wade have confirmed their attendance. Sean O’Day and Sal Nuccio are also candidates for mayor.

The forum will be moderated by Vicki Russell, associate publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune.

The meeting will be held in the multipurpose room on the first floor of Paquin Tower, 1201 Paquin St.


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Sean Spence January 23, 2010 | 6:32 a.m.

Candidate Sean O'Day has now confirmed that he will join us. Sal Nuccio will not -- he tells me he is choosing not to participate in forums and believes he has better ways to communicate with potential supporters (at his business, visiting with other downtown business owners, etc.)

Event details can be found at

For more information or to let us know you will be joining us, please feel free to e-mail me at

Sean Spence
Chair, CARE@Paquin (Columbia Accessible Recreation at Paquin Tower)

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John Schultz January 23, 2010 | 8:27 a.m.

Bad decision for Sal, in my opinion.

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Allan Sharrock January 23, 2010 | 10:17 a.m.

I agree a very bad move but then again I am not sure he really wants to win. I am start to wonder if he doesn't think this is some kind of joke.

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Carlos Sanchez January 23, 2010 | 10:53 a.m.

The only thing he wants is the publicity that is obvious. He is getting that publicity now. All negative.

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Ray Shapiro January 23, 2010 | 2:40 p.m.

Sal's not coming? Oh man...who's gonna bring the beer?

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Ray Shapiro February 3, 2010 | 8:51 p.m.

I was there.
While acknowledging all the good intentions of the organizers and everyone involved, an open common areas with noisy automatic doors, foot, wheelchair, scooter and service animal traffic back and forth from apartment elevators as well as lack of a microphone for the candidates added to the impersonal, distracting and difficulty in hearing the words of our mayoral hopefuls.

As an at-risk, wheelchair-bound and environmentally challenged audience sat and milled around furthest from the presenters, it seemed that more attention was being given to those brought along as "guests and supporters" of the candidates then building residents and additional undecided potential voters interested and curious as to what these candidates stand for.

From what I could cull from this first forum, I am still undecided as to who, if any, I will support and hope that the candidate with the most leadership and managerial skills ensures a better venue and scenario for any future forums.

(Considering what I was able to hear, for now, it seems to reek of same old same old, no matter who gets elected.)

I was, as predicted, correct in my prediction. There was no beer.
(But I did see an attempt at a coffee station.)

Sal, you didn't miss much.

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John Schultz February 3, 2010 | 8:58 p.m.

Ray, good to see you, sorry we didn't get a chance to chat after the forum was over.

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Carlos Sanchez February 3, 2010 | 9:42 p.m.

It was sad Mr. Nuccio was not there so all could hear his opinions. Yes a lot could have been better but I thought it went off quite well. For the candidates Mr. Wade and Mr. Love were the only two that stood out above all of them for me. I was really hoping they all would stand out so all who were there could have more to choose from. There were deeper more important questions that were submitted to Mr Spence that were not heard which was disappointing. Why dodge those more pointed questions that did not get presented was beyond me. Does anybody know when the next candidate forum is to be held and where?

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Tim Dance February 4, 2010 | 1:09 a.m.

<<< Bad decision for Sal, in my opinion.>>>

Nah, these forums are for the "usual suspects" as Tom puts it. That being said, unless he was calling voters and knocking on doors, then he wasted an opportunity. I suspect we are going to have a billion forums with the same people coming to most of them, so Sal will have more opportunities to get his views out.

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John Schultz February 4, 2010 | 9:43 a.m.

But Sal is also missing the free media that comes from getting out to those forums, and not just the "usual suspects" peruse that. I didn't get a chance to watch the news last night, but saw at least a couple of the candidates standing in front of the cameras and assume most of them got a soundbit on the TV. Sal missed out on that, as well as stories in the Missourian, Tribune, and so forth.

I didn't really have much of an opinion (neither good or bad, don't take that wording the wrong way) of Bob McDavid before going to last night's forum, but some of his points and a quick talk afterwards made a good impression on me. I've talked with Paul Love a few times prior to the forum, but thought he came off very well last night as well.

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Ray Shapiro February 4, 2010 | 10:31 a.m.

("I've talked with Paul Love a few times prior to the forum, but thought he came off very well last night as well.")

As far as appearances, charisma and presentation skills I agree that Paul Love made a very significant impression.
I've called him a number of times to offer my help in getting lawn signs out there, as name recognition is as important as substance, in a campaign.

Of course, the good doctor has the money and backing of some influential people, Sid is sincere and soft-spoken, and Jerry Wade has inside track experience.

I look forward to learning more about how each propose to make this town a better place to live and less about "safe sound bites."

("John Schultz:
Ray, good to see you, sorry we didn't get a chance to chat after the forum was over.")
-Your time was better spent chatting with the candidates.
(Maybe we'll get a chance next time.)

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